Three suits against military contractors in Iraq over the deaths or injuries of civilian truck drivers in convoys attacked by Iraqi insurgents in April 2004 have been veiled in secrecy for more than two years.
In October 2005, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas of the Southern District of Texas in Houston issued a protective order that has kept much of the briefing, deposition testimony and other evidence under seal. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals closed the courtroom Jan. 30 to hear arguments in the three cases — Lane v. Halliburton, et al.; Fisher, et al. v. Halliburton, et al.; and Smith-Idol v. Halliburton, et al.
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